15 Facts That Will Change How You See Dogs

Posted Jun 23, by Val Liarikos

Guide dogs know the difference of when they are on or off duty!

Service or guide dogs are specifically trained to aid people who are partially or fully blind. Although not as common, they are also used to aid other people including those with autism.

When you see a service dog in action, they’re all business. You might think that they’re always that way, but you’d be wrong. Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty.

As soon as their harness is put on they know they are working and they block out all distractions. However, when the harness comes off, they as playful and energetic as any other dog.

Guide dogs serve a variety of roles from listening for dangerous things to picking things up for their owner. They safely guide their owner through streets and buildings among other things.

It is really important to not pet or distract the dogs in any other way like trying to feed them or play with them when they are on duty. Always ask the owner if it is ok to pet the dog and don’t be offended if they tell you no.

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Welsh folklore says the Corgi is the preferred mount of fairy warriors!

Legend has it that the Welsh Corgi is the “enchanted” dog of the Fay. They were used by fairies and elves to pull their coaches or to serve as the steeds for their warriors.

At night, the Welsh Corgi would sneak away to the hills of Wales to play with the magical little people. It’s said that those who have an understanding heart and a sharp eye can see the faint fairy saddle on the back of a Welsh Corgi and the harness marks on their shoulders.

The name Corgi has its own legends. Some say it comes from the Welsh “cor” meaning “dwarf” and “ci” meaning “dog”, which became “gi” and thus Corgi was made. The name itself insinuates magic, imagination, and little people.

They are like the little magical dogs of little magical people. The Corgi was originally bred to be cattle herders and to scare off predators that might harm the cows. So, they did serve a practical and unmagical purpose.

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The San Diego Zoo uses dogs to keep cheetahs calm!

It’s not a mistake that there are dogs in the cheetah habitat at the San Diego Zoo. For the past 30 years, the zoo has been experimenting with the effects of placing cheetahs and dogs together to help calm the cheetahs.

This is all part of the zoo’s Animal Ambassador Program. As part of the program, exotic animals are trained to travel to off-site events and participate in presentations. The chosen animals live off the main zoo exhibit and interact with domestic animals.

The dog and cheetah pairing is the most famous. The pairing began when the zoo introduced a shelter rescue dog, Hopper, to a three-month old cheetah, Amara. The two have been inseparable since then.

Each dog and cheetah pair is different and takes a different amount of time to get used to each other. The pairs become so close that, if a dog were to die, the zookeepers wouldn’t introduce a new one. They would simply have to do their best to keep the cheetah calm themselves.

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A Siberian Husky's coat enables it to withstand temperatures from -58 to -76 degrees F!

Siberian Huskies have a thicker coat of fur than almost any other breed of canine. It actually has two layers, a dense undercoat and a longer topcoat of short and straight hair. The fur protects the dogs from the Arctic temperatures and weather. Interestingly, the Husky doesn’t suffer in the summer, because the coat reflects heat. The undercoat usually sheds off and requires weekly grooming. The Husky can withstand temperatures of -58 to -76 degrees Fahrenheit.

Siberian Huskies come in a variety of colors and patterns, usually with white paws and legs, facial markings, and tail tip. The most common coats are black and white, then less common copper-red and white, grey and white, pure white, and the rare "Agouti" coat, though many individuals have blondish or piebald spotting. Striking masks, spectacles, and other facial markings occur in wide variety. Overall they are exquisite canines with amazing capabilities.

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Male puppies purposely let female puppies win while playing.

If you’ve survived that cute nuke, let’s get on with the story. A new study has found that when young male dogs play with young female dogs, they will often let the females win even if the males have the physical advantage. They sometimes place themselves in potentially disadvantageous positions that would make them more vulnerable to attack.

Such “self-handicapping” has been documented in red-necked wallabies, squirrel monkeys, hamadryas baboons, and of course, human beings. The study has found that this act of puppy chivalry tends to occur in conjunction with play bows. A play bow is when a puppy playfully bows to signal to its companion that it doesn’t have any serious intentions; that it just wants to have a little fun.

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Moose, the dog from Frasier, got more fan mail than any of the human actors!

Moose the dog was a Jack Russell Terrier most famous for his portrayal of Eddie Crane, the dog on the sitcom Frasier. He was born on Christmas Eve, 1990 and died on June 22, 2006 after a long and storied career. While he was the youngest puppy in the litter, he was also the largest, and considered to be a troublemaker by its owner.

He was trained for 6 months and landed the role of Eddie. He had the ability to fix on Kelsey Grammer with a long hard stare and it became a sight gag on the show. The dog became so popular that he got more fan mail than any of the human actors on the show!

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Freddie Mercury would talk to his cats on the phone during tours!

Most people claim to be either cat lovers or dog lovers, and there’s a never-ending debate on which animal makes the better companion (let us know your pick in the comments below). This fact talks about cat lovers – people who admire felines’ independence and adore each whisker on their furry little faces. There have been many famous cat lovers in history: Albert Einstein, Marie Antoinette, Edgar Allen Poe, and even the Pope himself to name a few. One person in particular, Freddie Mercury of Queen, made his adoration of cats common knowledge.

While on tour, Mercury would frequently call his home in London to talk to his fur babies (our source doesn’t mention whether or not he talked to them in meows or English, however.) His song “Delilah” on Queen’s Album “Innuendo” was about his cat of the same name, and he even dedicated his first solo album “Mr. Bad Guy” to his fluffy little companions Tom, Jerry, Oscar, Tiffany, Delilah, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, and Lily.

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A 3-year-old girl was raised by dogs until she was 8!

A feral child abandoned by her parents at the age of 3, was raised by dogs until the age of 8, acquired extremely acute senses of hearing, smell, and sight. Oxana Malaya is from the USSR and born in 1983. She is nicknamed the Ukrainian Dog Girl. She was a feral child raised by dogs from the age of 3 to 8. She had been removed from her home and placed in an orphanage due to her parents being neglectful of her and alcoholics.

In the orphanage that she was placed in, she became increasing close to the orphanage dogs. Her closeness to the dogs stunted her language abilities, as well as her social and emotional abilities. She was eventually transferred to a clinic in Odessa for people with mental disabilities. At the clinic she underwent years of intense specialized therapy and education to help her behavioral, social, and educational issues.

She was able to learn to speak fluently and eradicate most of her other behavioral issues. She still lives at the clinic to this day and works on its farm milking cows. She is likely to never be able to be completely integrated into society.

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The world's most expensive dog is worth $1.6 million!

This Red Tibetan Mastiff breed named Big Splash is now considered to be the most expensive pet dog in the world. The 11-month-old dog was purchased by a coal baron from the north of China for a whopping $1.5 million. Big Splash or Hong Dong in Chinese is a perfect specimen according to it’s breeder, Lu Liang.

Along jewelries and cars, Red Tibetan mastiff has become a status symbol in China as a way for the rich to show off their wealth. This dog breed is an ancient descendant of animals kept by nomadic Chinese tribes. They can weigh up to 182 pounds. The heaviest was 286 pounds.

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Have fleas to kill? Use lemon extract!

 

The first thing to do is buy or make lemon extract. To make it, just thinly slice a lemon, put it in a small jar, and cover it with boiling water. Allow that to sit overnight and in the morning you can pour it into a spray bottle for use.

To treat your dog with it, all you need to do is apply the extract to your dog’s fur and rub it into the skin. You can use a spray bottle, but many dogs dislike those, so it’s best not to traumatize your furry friend. Don’t use it on cats, however, because they can be allergic to citrus.

As for the home, be sure to cover carpets, bedding, and furniture with it. Sure, you could just head out and go buy some flew remover, but why waste the money when you only need a few lemons and water?

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A dog has slept next to his owner's grave for 6 years. No one ever showed him where it was!

 

Here's another heartwarming story about dog loyalty. For the past 6 years, a German shepherd called Capitán has slept next to the grave of his owner every night at 6pm.

His owner, Miguel Guzmán died in 2006. Capitán, the dog, disappeared while the family attended the funeral services. A week later, relatives of Guzmán were visiting the cemetery when they were astounded to find the dog next to the owner's grave.

The family claims that no one had shown Capitán where the grave was. The widow says it's a mystery as to how he was able to find the grave. The cemetery director says that the dog comes around each night at 6pm, and has done so for the past 6 years!

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The most loyal dog ever: he waited at the train station every day for his owner. He kept doing it for 9 years after his owner died!

This Japanese Akita was named Hachiko, and he has displayed one of the most remarkable signs of loyalty that any dog ever has. He was taken in by a University of Tokyo professor when he was less than a year old. 

For the next year, Hachiko would show up at the Shibuya Train station to greet his owner. This routine would suddenly end on May 1925, when the professor didn't return. The professor died due to an unexpected cerebral hemorrhage.  For the next NINE years, the dog waited every day for the professor to return. 

At first, people were not friendly about the dog. In 1932, however, a news outlet ran a story on Hachiko, and people began bringing him food and treats. The dog would show up every day at the precise time when the train was due.

Shortly after, a student of the dog's former owner followed Hachiko and learned about the dog's remarkable loyalty. He published a number of articles about it, and the dog became a national symbol for loyalty. He was held up as an example of family and national loyalty, particularly to the emperor.  

If this story sounds kinda familiar, it's because it has been picked up by various pop-culture products. None as overt as the 2009 Richard Gere movie called Hachi: A Dog's Tale. 

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There is a seeing eye goose.

While it seems certain that labradors are the pinnacle of service dogs for the blind, deaf, and PTSD afflicted, none of them can hold a candle to the seeing eye goose. Buttons is a four year old goose that helps not humans, but a blind boxer named Baks. 

She leads Baks everywhere by hanging on to him with her neck or by honking to give him directions. Baks was left blind following an accident, but one day the pet goose the owner also possessed decided to help out and started walking him around and helping him get everywhere. 

The owner even mentioned that they chase the mailman together. With any luck, this one will turn out better than the seeing eye great dane that besieged the Internet not long ago only to have the news break that it had been separated from its blind canine pal. 

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Can you guess how many pigs were used for the movie Babe?

If you’re too young to remember, Babe was a movie about a pig raised by sheepdogs who learns to herd sheep. Like any movie that involves real animals, multiple animals were required for filming. Because the pigs kept growing too fast, a total of 48 real Yorkshire pigs were used during the production of the movie. 

One animatronic double was also used at some points. Each pig had a toupee and eyelashes added by a makeup artist. Because there were so many animals used and so many different kinds used, 56 animal trainers were on set, handling a total of nearly 1000 animals. 

Why so many animals? Much of them were young and kept growing too fast because of the productions schedule. Pre-production lasted eight months, shooting took six months, and post-production took twelve months. 

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The man who plays Wilfred was nominated for the dog performer-only Golden Collar awards!

Yes, there are awards for most anything.

This is the first year where the Golden Collars are being awarded as a prize for the best performances by dogs in Hollywood.

This year's winner was Uggie, the dog from "The Artist."

The amusing part about this is that actor Jason Gann was nominated. He stars in both the Australian and American versions of Wilfred, a show he created and stars in as the title character, a dog.

Wilfred also stars Elijah Wood. He's the only one (along with the viewers) that can see Wilfred, not as a four legged buddy, but as a man in a dog costume. (Source)

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